The working of an outdoor wall fountain affects your two senses. The sound produced by falling water is music to ears while the sight is pleasing to the eyes. As a wall fountain is fixed on the wall, it saves your floor space.
Materials for Outdoor Wall Fountains
Outdoor wall fountains are designed to last for a long time and are available in many materials varying from fiberglass to metals. You need to choose a material that fits your budget and is suitable for the conditions prevailing in your garden.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass fountains are affordable and durable. They give the impression of rock with a faux finish of sandstone or weathered stone. Fiberglass fountains are also more portable and easier to hang than concrete, rock, or metal fountains.
Cast Stone Concrete: Another popular material for outdoor fountains is concrete. Make sure that the fountain is made from high class concrete; otherwise it may develop cracks and get broken during winters. Naturally, concrete fountains being heavier are difficult to move around.
Resin: Avoid going in for resin based fountains which have the looks of usual kitchen plastic. This kind of plastic degrades over time, more so during cold weather.
Metal and Rock: The more expensive variety of fountains compromises of metals like copper or rock. Small sized portable wall fountains made of fiberglass would cost less than $100, whereas those made from rock and metals cost thousands of dollars. Without doubt, the fountains made from metal last for a very long time but tend to build up patina and undergo change of color. Rock fountains tend to wear off on being exposed to severe cold weather. Such fountains are beautiful but very heavy.
Choosing a Location for a Wall Fountain
The gardener has to look for a perfect location for installing the wall fountain. It could be at the entrance of the pond garden, some vacant spot on the fence or a corner of the garden. The choice of space for its installation decides the design and type of fountain you would have. The following factors should be borne in mind while finalizing your choice of an outdoor water fountain.
Size: There has to be a definite relationship between the available space and the size of the fountain. You get fountains in very many sizes varying from a very tiny one that could be fixed in a corner to a very large one that acts as a showpiece for the entire garden with its waterway.
Background Material: There are small water fountains that just sit on the wall and there are bigger ones which necessarily require basin at ground level. Do you intend having an outdoor fountain on the petite fence or are you looking for something that can be installed on a house wall? The weight and hence the size of the fountain is decided by the sturdiness of the background.
Portability: The benefits of having a portable fountain are quite many. You may dismantle it for cleaning or perhaps like to shift to alternate site. Fountains fabricated from fiberglass or plastic are very lightweight and therefore can be moved around conveniently.
Drainage: Another important aspect that you need to look into is the drainage. The drainage could be diverted to a large water garden, but in case of larger fountains you need to provide an independent catch basin.
Power: The fountain surely needs power for its running. Solar powered fountains are popular as these can do away with cables and wires, though they necessarily need sufficient sunlight for their successful operation. In case the fountain is going to run on domestic power supply, see how far is the nearest outlet. You may also like to explore the possibility of having concealed wiring!
An outdoor wall fountain completely changes the environments in your garden. Falling water has a soothing effect and its sound is pleasant to the ears. It’s important to choose an appropriate site and the material of which the fountain is made. Taking care of such important features ensures you the pleasure you derive from your fountain for many years to come.